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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to hem Jersey/ stretch knit? on: August 19, 2008 07:55:16 AM
Hey, sorry for the noob question, but how do you guys hem this stretchy soft material?  I tried doing the blind hem stitch from my machine, but it just stretched out the seam.  I just bought a serger and am still working out how to do stuff on it, besides a raw edge could i use it somehow to finish the bottom hem on skirts/ dresses, etc. 

Any advice greatly appreciated!!! 

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beatles "Yellow Submarine" Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Re-con on: June 10, 2008 10:24:48 AM

Beatles "Yellow Submarine" Raglan Sleeve T-shirt Re-con

I got this HUGE old t-shirt for a nickel at a garage sale, lol, and I immediately had plans for it!  The re-con was sooo easy and fun and quick, esp. since I was able to re-use the original dk. blue collar and sleeve binding.  Here's the finished product:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Colorful Dress! *and* Wrap-around 'jean' skirt on: June 10, 2008 10:21:28 AM
Wraparound "Jean Skirt" with yoke and side pleats.
This was made from a yard of $1 fabric from "the big W."  It was this funky jean print on swoosh-y fabric and I knew I wanted to make a little skirt from it right away, but when i got home I had no zipper!  ...what a quandary... and then inspiration hit-- hello wraparound skirt!  I even found a jean button kit from 5 years ago!  Perfecto!
"Action" Shot

Detail of sides and buttons

My so-called "Maternity Dress?!" Angry

I thought the print on this fabric was reminiscent of the colorful prints from Africa that are so cool so I bought it always intending to make some kind of shift dress and I finally got around to making one after like a year of meaning to.  So the first day I wear it, I'm really happy that it turned out exactly like I wanted it to (short, roomy with little puff sleeves), and then *boom* the babushka-wearing cashier at costco compliments me on sewing my own maternity dress....  ...yeah...  I was like, "haha, I'm not pregnant, that's just..um.. the style, you know.."  But she obviously didn't believe me since she went on to recommend different maternity styles i could sew at home while my supportive bf laughed.  GRR...

Can you tell i'm loving experimenting with photoshop as well?  anyway, your comments are always loved!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cropped swing-y Jacket in red/black on: May 11, 2008 09:12:53 AM
Here is my version of McCall Pattern # 5531. I didn't really change anything at all, i just made view A, but i think it came out really cute! I made it a couple months ago and have only been able to wear it twice!! oh, the pain of being addicted to jackets and living in a sub-tropical clime! (>_<)

Don't Mess with Kevin Sorbo!! (i love my hercules shirt that i got for a buck at the fleamarket! didn't people realize they were passing up GOLD???)

And here is the booty shot  Embarrassed.  I lined it with this yummy, silky material in cream color.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cute raglan sleeve shift dress on: September 23, 2007 01:47:49 PM
I made this from Built by Wendy pattern #3835. I really love the fit and cut and I like that it's demure enough to wear to work, yet still really cute. I made it in dk. blue cotton with read contrast stitching. Here i am in my papparrazzi pose:

(sorry, can only link since i haven't proved i'm not a spambot yet... Cry )
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Elvis T-shirt Dress on: September 23, 2007 01:43:26 PM
about as easy a recon as you could ask for!   Grin

I found this cute elvis shirt on clearance at target and I just cut off the bottom of the shirt and sewed on a skirt made of some clearance knit material i've had laying around from jo-ann's.  I left the sleeves alone since i liked them.

To make the skirt I just basically cut out two rectangles and sewed them so they would have enough swish-ease over my hips and then gathered/pleated it up top as I attached it to the shirt.

I made a little collar out of the leftover gray t-shirt material and attached it to the inside of the existing t-shirt collar so it would just fold over and cover the original collar up. lastly i sewed on a black silk covered button to finish it off.

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